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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Premier on Executions

PARIS -- Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko said he was personally convinced that Russia would eventually abolish capital punishment but said he would not rush into it in the face of popular opposition.

"We definitely have to get there, to the prospect of abolishing the death penalty. But ... Russian society is not ready for the immediate abolition of the death penalty," he said Thursday at a news conference in Paris.

"I do not doubt for a moment that it is our goal and that we will get there. But I'm not about to rush into it," Kiriyenko said.

Russia is bound under the terms of its accession to the Council of Europe human rights body in February 1996 to scrap capital punishment by next year.